If you have a toddler, then you are probably familiar with picky eating. It can be challenging to be patient as they become acquainted with new foods. Often, they will love something one day & hate it the next. Sometimes it can get pretty frustrating trying to figure out the best approach! So, we wanted to offer just a few helpful hints for your picky eater:
1) Often they have to try something multiple times before they are used to the texture, taste & smell to decide if they really like it. So, don’t give up. If they don’t like something, wait a week & try again! Per KevinMD.com, “Your child may need to try a new food 10-15 times before he is willing to eat it.”
2) Some people have had success using a child’s stuffed animal as a model. Model trying out new foods with the child’s toy before getting your child to actually try it.
3) Another tip is offering your child several different options at mealtime. You may have noticed some moms have been using an ice cube tray with different baby or toddler safe foods in each slot.
4) Try giving just a small amount of a new or disliked food. Give them one bite & see if they ask you for more.
5) Engage your child in the process, “Which one was your favorite?” “Today you ate all of the carrots. Were they yummy?”
6) For toddlers, the more things they can pick up & feed themselves without utensils, the better. This allows them to take ownership of their eating.
7) Allow your kiddos to help you pick out the fruits & vegetables at the grocery store. Then the items feel more like what they are choosing & maybe you can avoid a battle of the wills!
who won our Earth Day giveaway!! We’ll get your goodies shipped out right away!!
Earth Day is an important day for our planet. It is a day when we refocus our heart and reevaluate what we doing as people for the good of the Earth. Each year the effort is to focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. This year’s focus is on Green Cities; building sustainable communities through:
Whatever you choose to do makes a difference. Small, beautiful things like planting a tree with your child & raising them educated about their life’s impact on the world around them. What will your family choose to do?
Over at Oh Baby Foods we’re fired up about Earth Day! So, in on honor of Earth Day tomorrow we would like to give away a Basket of THIRTY Oh Baby Foods’ purees; 1 month’s supply!! Celebrate Earth each day for the next thirty days by giving your child a product that are regionally-raised, does not use Genetically Modified Organisms, and uses produce that are certified organic through the USDA’s National Organic Program.
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Have you ever used natural dyes to dye your Easter eggs? Fran, our owner, wanted to share her experience dyeing eggs naturally with her children.
The method she used came from kaleyann.com. There you can get the breakdown on how to make each color. The dyes are all from sources you may already have in your kitchen: cabbage, coffee, spinach, beets, turmeric, blueberries & paprika.
Once you figure out what colors you want to do, just boil your natural ingredients in 2 cups of water with salt. Next, pour them into mason jars, add the vinegar & hard boiled eggs. You can play with the amount of time you let the eggs soak in the mixture to get the colors you want (from a few hours to overnight).
Fran had her girls decorate theirs first by drawing on them with crayons:
Look at these sweet girls- proud of their eggs:
This is what her jars looked like:
Fran had the best luck with acai, beets & curry for brighter hues.
If you try this, let us know! We’d love to see how they turned out!!
Yes, that time is here again. The time when you fetch all the crafty stuff boxes from the garage or run around to craft stores searching for something unique. You steer your kids away from pics of the complicated multi-step Valentines and the sugary licensed super-hero objects, and towards the simple, healthy, quick projects that you can proudly post to Pinterest. They love those, right?
We get it. And we have a solution.
Meet the Oh Baby Squeeze Valentines for kids of all ages. Print, cut, glue, tie, and then drop these off with your baby, toddler, and preschooler, and your Valentines duty is done. No sugar rush involved and you become that parent that teachers love and remember.
Who doesn’t love mac-n-cheese? Homemade or out of the box, parents can count on their kiddos to ask for more. This Oh Baby recipe adds a huge helping of Vitamins A & C thanks to Wise Punkin, which is the same color as the “regular” recipe.
Disclaimer: this stuff is good. I mean really good. As long as you use quality ingredients, it is good for you. AND I’m sure you deserve it.
3 C med shell macaroni, uncooked
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
1 C whole milk
1 C plain yogurt
2 pouches Wise Punkin Oh Baby puree
2 C cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/4 C Parmesan (grated)
dash topping of choice: herbs, panko
Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook macaroni al dente. In a sauce pan, heat olive oil over medium heat, add flour, cook and stir until bubbly. Gradually stir in milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Allow to thicken, 3-5 minutes. Stir in 1/2 of cheddar and all of Parmesan cheeses, cook and stir until melted. Add Wise Punkin and yogurt to the mixture. Once blended, stir in cooked and drained macaroni. Place in a 1-1/2qt baking dish. Top with remaining cheddar and any other topping: herbs, panko, etc. Bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes. Any of the above dairy products may be substituted with low-fat options.
With each serving of Wise Punkin, you’re also adding:
* %DV based on FDA RDA for infants and children under four years of age.
When the holidays roll around, I get snacky. Here’s a favorite recipe at our house; all of us, from mom and dad to sister and brother, like these little Wise Punkin Poppers. Simple and snacky. Enjoy! – Fran
I just watched the full moon rise with my baby boy sleeping in my arms. I tell you, looking up was peaceful, but jarring. It made me realize: this was the first time I’ve seen this big ol’ full moon rise since he arrived…10 months ago. And it made me wonder: when was the last time I looked up at night? How could I, someone who grew up wanting so desperately to be an astronaut, who “settled” on getting her pilot’s license instead, who has lived without a telescope for only a fraction of her life, lose track of lunar status?
And as he slept in my arms and cicadas sang around us, I remembered specific full moons. I remembered standing in a cotton field in the Arkansas Delta with my dad and a telescope after having a few scotches; I remembered being on a boat with 2,000 head of cattle and billions of stars in the Strait of Magellan, off the coast of Chile; I remembered this particular group of Ozarkian friends, who consisted of my now husband.
And I then remembered little moments of joy, strength, peace that had nothing to do with that old moon…and they all involved my kids in some way. Funny, huh? And I was consoled; I hadn’t missed a thing in the past 10 months. In fact, I’ve experienced…wholeheartedly…and the moon still lives.
(satisfied mama and very occasional moongazer)